The London Underground is used by over 3 million commuters per day, many of those individuals travelling to and from work. People see ‘The Underground’ or ‘Tube’ as a means to an end to travel across the 402 kilometres of track that make up the network. Many people simply wish to get from A to B, navigating the iconic Tube map as quickly as possible however, in 1998, Paul Middlewick stopped and looked at that map in a completely new way.
Paul was able to look past the seemingly chaotic London Underground map and used the tube lines, stations and junctions to create ‘Animal’s on the Underground’.
The original animal, the elephant was discovered while Paul was staring at the tube map during his daily journey home from work.
Since then a vast array of critters, both wild and domesticated, has been added to the roster of subterranean animals, from playful dogs and soaring pigeons to strutting baby rhinos and quiescent sperm whales. Their form and features are determined by the strokes and folds of the map’s meandering beveled-edge lines, with the creatures sometimes fitting snugly within the Underground’s negative spaces but more frequently extending across the city’s skewed geography to encompass a whole series of train lines.
New animals are constantly revealing themselves, so, to our followers in London or to anyone who uses the Tube system, why not take some of that mundaneness out of your commute and be on the lookout yourself!
Click here to meet all of the ‘Animals’ so far - http://www.animalsontheunderground.com/the_animals.html
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